#16/18 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (12-4, 1-2) AT WAKE FOREST (10-6, 2-1)
Game 17 • Thursday, Jan. 11 • 7:00 PM (ET)
Winston-Salem, N.C. • Lawrence Joel Coliseum
ACC Network Extra
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network
(620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, GoDuke.com, TuneIn app) - Chris Edwards
TV/Video: ACC Network Extra: Evan Lepler (PXP), Stan Lewter (Color)
The Series: Duke leads 64-17
Duke Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (Northwestern, ‘87)
Record: 601-223 (26)
Wake Forest Head Coach: Jenn Hoover (Wake Forest, ‘91)
Record: 104-106 (7)
Setting the Scene...
Coming off collecting its first ACC victory of the season, the 16th-ranked Duke women’s basketball team (12-4, 1-2 ACC) will hit the road once again as the Blue Devils travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face Wake Forest (10-6, 2-1) at Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s contest will be aired live on ACC Network Extra with Evan Lepler (PXP) and Stan Lewter (Color) calling the action. It will also be carried on the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network via 620 AM, 99.3 FM, 96.5 FM, TuneIn Radio app and www.GoDuke.com with Chris Edwards on the air beginning at 6:45 p.m.
What is Next?...
Duke will return home to host Virginia Sunday, Jan. 14 live on ESPN2 in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 3 p.m.
• Duke’s defense has been solid this season allowing only one team to score over 70 points. Over the last eight games, the Blue Devils have held opponents to only 48.4 points, 30.7 percent shooting and 22.5 percent from downtown.
• Redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki enters the contest with a seven-game streak of consecutive double-digit scoring games. She has averaged 16.9 points a contest during that stretch. Gorecki ranks tied fourth in the ACC in scoring (18.0) in ACC games.
• After missing four straight games with knee pain, fifth-year senior Rebecca Greenwell returned to the court at Miami, but missed the Louisville game. She came off the bench against NC State, but was held scoreless. Greenwell needs two three-pointers to break the Duke career record held by Tricia Liston (252).
Storylines/Other Blue Devil Notes...
• Lexie Brown has pulled down a team-high 17 rebounds over the last two contests.
• After starting her first 108 career games at Duke, Rebecca Greenwell came off the bench for the first time against NC State.
• The Blue Devils have been held to under 70 points for six straight games. During that streak has averaged only 62.8 points and hit 46.5 percent from the field.
• Duke has been outrebounded in three straight contests by a 3.7 margin.
• Duke is one of only four teams to rank in the top 12 nationally in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. The Blue Devils are 12th in field goal percentage (47.7) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (34.2). Other teams in the top 12 include Baylor, Oregon State and UConn.
• The Blue Devils lead the ACC and ranks third nationally with a 41.0 three-point field goal percentage. Duke has hit 19 of its last 33 three-pointers (57.6%).
• Duke leads the ACC with a 34.2 field goal percentage defense, while ranking eighth nationally.
• Duke started ACC play 0-2 for the first time since 1992-93 campaign, which was Gail Goestenkors first season with the Blue Devils. That 1992-93 team opened ACC play 0-9.
• The Blue Devils open the ACC with six road games over their first nine league games. • With a 53.4 scoring defense, Duke ranks fifth nationally overall and first among power five conferences.
• Duke leads the ACC in paint defense, only allowing 18.25 points in the paint per game. The next closest team is Virginia with a 20.47 average.
• Lexie Brown has swiped 37 steals the last eight games and ranks seventh nationally (1st in ACC) with a 3.9 per game average. Her 60 steals is the most among power five conferences and tied fifth nationally overall.
• The Blue Devils held three straight opponents to 40 points or less for the first time in school history against Winthrop, Maine and Wyoming. No other ACC team or power five conference team has accomplished it this season. Since the 1980-81 campaign, only UNC (twice), Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (twice) has held three consecutive opponents to 40 or few points. The ACC record is four straight by North Carolina in 2006-07.
• Duke’s duo of Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell have combined to score 3,394 points over their career, which is the highest scoring duo currently in the ACC -- Myisha Hines-Allen/Asia Durr of Louisville (3,066), Jasmine Nwajei/Miranda Drummond of Syracuse (2,895) and Shakayla Thomas/Imani Wright of Florida State (2,867).
• The Blue Devils have won 21 straight games when hitting the 70-point mark.
• Rebecca Greenwell became just the 11th player in Duke history to reach the 1,600-point mark with her 19 points against Ohio State. At Miami she moved past Georgia Schweitzer and into 10th place on Duke’s all-time scoring list. Greenwell needs 42 points to move into a tie for ninth place along with Tricia Liston (1,664).
• Lexie Brown of Duke (20.4 points, 2nd; 4.1 assists, 8th) and Paris Kea of North Carolina (19.9 points, 4th; 6.4 assists, T3rd) are the only two players in the ACC to rank in the top eight in both points and assists.
• Rebecca Greenwell became the first Duke player to amass 1,500 points, 600 rebounds and 200 made three-pointers at Villanova. Greenwell could also become the third guard in Blue Devil history to register 1,500 points and 700 rebounds along with Monique Currie and Alana Beard. Greenwell currently owns 1,622 points and 643 rebounds.
• Lexie Brown has played in the ACC for two different teams (2013-14 at Maryland; 2016-17 at Duke) and holds the second-best career free throw percentage in those contests (87.5). Duke’s Nicole Erickson ranks first with an 88.0 mark.
• Graduate transfer Bego Faz Davalos owns 357 career blocks and needs only two to move into a tie for 27th on the NCAA all-time blocks list.
• All 29 of Duke’s 2017-18 contests will be aired on some type of television between ESPN3, ACC Network Extra, ESPN2, RSN-TV, SEC Network and Nova Nation.
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Coach P Reaches 600 Wins...
With the win Dec. 29 against Liberty, Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie became the 15th fastest women’s basketball coach to reach 600 wins, accomplishing this in 821 games. In terms of years it took to reach this milestone, she tied for 10th fastest, with 600 wins occurring in her 26th year of coaching.
McCallie is the 39th NCAA coach to reach the 600-win mark with a record of 600-221.
A Look at Wake Forest...
Wake Forest enters the contest with a 10-6 overall and 2-1 league mark. The Demon Deacons are coming off notching back-to-back road wins against Pitt and Miami.
At home this season, Wake Forest has totaled a 5-2 record. Elisa Penna (13.8 points, 16 treys), Amber Campbell (12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds), Alex Sharp (9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds), Tyra Whitehead (8.8 points, 5.6 rebounds) and Ariel Stephenson (8.5 points, 19 treys) have paced Wake Forest on the season.
The Series with Wake Forest...
Duke travels to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest holding an impressive 64-17 record over the Demon Deacons in the series. In games played in Winston-Salem, the Blue Devils feature a mark of 26-9. Duke has won 47 out of the last 50 meetings between the two, averaging 73.4 points a game in the total series. Duke has also won 46 out of the last 47 games against Wake Forest
Coach P owns a record of 16-2 over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Duke Players vs. Wake Forest...
In two games against WFU, Lexie Brown has averaged 26.0 points, 3.5 rebounds. 3.5 steals and 5.0 assists. She has hit 55.9 percent of her field goals and 41.6 percent from downtown.
Rebecca Greenwell has seeing action in her eighth career contest against the Demon Deacons. She has averaged 15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.9 assists. She had a career-best 21 points and nine boards as a junior.
Brown Nearing 1,000...
Blue Devil fifth-year senior Lexie Brown is approaching 1,000 career points at Duke in just her second season with the Blue Devils. She owns 949 points in 50 games.
If she gets 1,000 points in the next few contests, Brown would be the second-quickest Blue Devil to reach the mark behind Chris Moreland (50). Other Duke players to quick get to 1,000 points were Alana Beard (56), Katie Meier (62) and Rebecca Greenwell (67).
Gorecki Keeps Shining...
Since moving into the starting lineup seven games ago, redshirt sophomore Haley Gorecki has emerged as one of the top scoring guards in the ACC.
In the seven starts, Gorecki has averaged 16.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.1 steals. She now ranks tied fourth in the ACC in scoring for ACC games only with a 18.0 average, while also ranking tied sixth in assists (5.0), tied fourth in three-point field goals made (3.3), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (62.5) and tied 10th in field goal percentage (54.1).
The 6-0 guard totaled a career-high 25 points at Louisville, which included 19 first half points on 8-of-8 field goals.
Gorecki shined in her first start of the season and second of her collegiate career, collecting a then career-high 20 points in 29 minutes against Winthrop. She hit a career-high 5-of-7 treys and 7-of-11 field goals, while tallying four assists and three rebounds.
She has drained 20-of-41 three-pointers in those games started (48.8 percentage). Gorecki has drained 8-of-her-last-11 three-pointers.
Since allowing 72 points on the road at South Carolina, the Blue Devil defense has not allowed more than 66 points over the last eight games. This included three straight games of 40 or fewer points for the first time in school history.
In that eight-game stretch, the Blue Devils are allowing only 48.4 points a game.
Duke has only given up 70 or more points once on the season, which is tied for the ACC best along with Clemson and Pitt.
The Blue Devils currently lead the ACC and rank fifth nationally with a 53.4 scoring defense.
The Key Number for Seniors - 58...
Duke’s senior class of Lexie Brown, Rebecca Greenwell and Erin Mathias is proving to be one of the most statistically productive in school history.
In addition to accounting for nearly 40 points and 15 rebounds per game, the senior trio is responsible for over 58 percent of the team’s steals, over 58 percent of the team’s made three-point baskets, over 58 percent of the team’s made free throws.
Breaking Down Gorecki vs. ACC...
After three ACC games, Haley Gorecki’s has registered impressive numbers in conference games:
18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.67 spg
54.1 percent from the floor
62.5 percent from three
66.7 percent from the line
Duke is scoring 59.0 ppg in ACC contests (three games to date) and Gorecki is responsible for scoring over 30 percent of the points.
In other words, the Blue Devils have made 66 baskets in three ACC games and Gorecki has either scored or assisted on 35 of them.
On the Road in 2017-18...
Duke features a 2-4 record on the road this season, including three straight losses to South Carolina, Miami and Louisville.
The Blue Devils have been held to 62.2 points a game and 41.1 percent shooting in those contests.
Lexie Brown has averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals on the road this season. Over the last two games, Brown has been limited to 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 2.0 assists.
Leaonna Odom has played some of her best basketball on the road this season averaging 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists. She has totaled double-digit scoring in four of six contests.
Over the last two road games, Haley Gorecki has averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals. This includes a career-high 25 points at third-ranked Louisville.